For the Love of Aesthetics: On Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

A movie that pops into my head from time to time for its visual storytelling is the French film, L'écume des jours, also known as Mood Indigo. It's a grossly underrated romantic fantasy tragedy by director Michel Gondry, the man behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, and The Science of Sleep. The film is adapted from Boris Vian's novel of the same name and tells the story of a newlywed couple struck by tragedy when the bride suddenly falls ill and can only be treated by being surrounded by flowers.

“If we screw up this moment, we try the next. And if we fail the next, we have our whole lives to get it right.”

The film goes from whimsical and colorful to gloomy and monochromatic as the lives of its characters slowly change for the worse.

One of the best scenes in the film is from the wedding of the two main characters, Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and Colin (Romain Duris). Étienne Charry, the film's composer, created a song for this moment.